Excerpt from ‘The Daughter of the Khan’

In an addendum to that antipodean anthology post…

Helen Lowe has put up an excerpt from my story, ‘The Daughter of the Khan’, on her blog! Have a read… and if you want to find out what in the world happens to Habiba (or rather how Habiba happens to the world,) I suggest you download a copy of ‘Tales for Canterbury’ for the modest sum of NZ$12! You will also receive a fleet of other short stories from masters of the genre both local and international, including those from Helen Lowe, Tim Jones, Jay Lake, Neil Gaiman, Gwyneth Jones, Simon Petrie, Karen Healey… need I go on? 🙂

One more point: ‘The Daughter of the Khan’ is based very loosely on my own family history. My grandfather’s father did indeed come from Nakhichevan, in modern-day Azerbaijan (at the time the country was parceled up between Russia and Persia.) But more interestingly, the story of the fourteen-year old bride sent off on a long voyage to her new family by howdah, and some of what transpired along the way, is also true. The tale of the bride and her petticoat dowry belongs to my Persian great-grandmother. 

The rest – the elements that one could say differ markedly from family history – I leave for you to find out.

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5 Responses to Excerpt from ‘The Daughter of the Khan’

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  2. Helen Lowe says:

    It’s great to get that backstory, Mary—I’ll go add a link to this on my blog because I am sure that readers will be interested.

    • MaryV says:

      Good one, Helen! Thanks for putting up that excerpt – I’ve enjoyed all those you’ve chosen so far… Looking forward to getting back into reading the actual anthology (I’m about halfway through.)

      🙂

  3. Bahiyyih says:

    You’re letting all the family cats out of the bag, I see! Well, if it helps sales for the earthquake victims, why not? There’s something rather wonderful about the dead from the other side of the planet serving to promote the well-being of the living in a part of the world they would never even have known about almost a hundred years ago.

    • MaryV says:

      I’m sure they would hardly recognise the story if they read it, anyway… grand-daughterly license.

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